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1/7/2019 6:18 PM

I recently switched from a 50 tooth rear sprocket to a 49. Will i have to take one link out of the chain to compensate? Or can i just put it back together how it is

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1/7/2019 7:01 PM

Depends upon how much you have remaining on your chain adjuster. If your rear wheel is pretty far forward then you may not need too.

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1/7/2019 7:09 PM

Remember that you may have to take two links out as you can't just take out one unless you plan on using a half link.

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1/8/2019 7:13 AM

i have the same bike and had to remove a link (per above, its actually 2, cant remove just 1) when I put on a 49.

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1/8/2019 9:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/8/2019 9:03 AM

removing or adding a full link will move the axle approximately 5/8" using the same size gear.

changing the rear sprocket by 1 tooth will move the axle aound 3/8".

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1/8/2019 2:58 PM

I didn't when I dropped from 50 to 49. It does move the wheel back in the adjuster a lot though, which helps out the stability some.

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